MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Fargo native and pop music icon Bobby Vee has gone public with his battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

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Vee released a statement on his website saying, “a little over a year ago I was diagnosed with the mild stages of Alzheimer’s disease. Needless to say it was a moment that stunned my family and myself to the core. Since this time I have chosen to remain private and to focus on what is most important to me: my family and my music.”

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Vee released 38 Top 100 hits and seven gold records between 1959 and 1970. He also appeared in four movies and was a top teen hearthrob for the era.

Born and raised in Fargo, he recorded the hit song “Susie Baby” in Minneapolis. It was the first of many big hits and helped launch his career.

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Other big songs include “Night Has a Thousand Eyes” and “Take Good Care of My Baby.”